A partnership between Esri and Eastern Michigan University (EMU) means access to ArcGIS for K-12 students, teachers and school administrators in the State of Michigan for free. The article in the local paper says those beneficiaries can "join the geospatial revolution today!"
The partnership website has all the details about how to download, register and use the software along with professional development for teachers and access to Virtual Campus courses. A course titled Internet GIS Resources for Education (details in pdf) is being offered in January for professional development. The courses uses the free to download version of Mapping Our World, Level 2 of Our World GIS Education. I could find no details of th elicense under which these materials are delivered.
What's the cost of a voluntary GPS-based truancy reduction system in use in nine Austin schools?
The Austin school district pays AIM based on performance: $47 for each additional average daily attendance day a student is in class, with a total annual amount not to exceed $1 million.
The investment must be worth it; public schools get federal funding based on how many students are in school each day. So, upping those numbers may more than pay for the system.
Dr Richard Tipping's team at the University of Stirling will research the topography of the Carse of Stirling in an attempt to recreate the surroundings of the famous battle in 1314.
The Leverhulme Trust is funding the work with £120,000 by to carry out the work which will be used by the National Trust for Scotland to recreate the battlefield in a visitor center for a 700 anniversary project.